InterContinental Presidente Mexico City
After breakfast in Café Urbano, walk 15 minutes down tree-lined Paseo de la Reforma to the National Museum of Anthropology. Here, learn about Mexico's past from the Aztec to the Spanish era. From the museum, it's a tour bus ride or a 10-minute walk through Chapultepec Park to the 18th-century Chapultepec Castle. Stop to tour the castle and admire the magnificent view and then walk another 10 minutes to fashionable La Condesa district and take a break on the terrace of one of its many chic cafés.
Take the metro from Chapultepec station to the heart of Mexico City, the sprawling Plaza de la Constitución, also known as the Zócalo. Lunch on the rooftop terrace of nearby El Mayor restaurant and sample classic local dishes like chile rellenos as you gaze down at the Aztec ruins of Tlaloc Temple. Afterward, take time to explore this area, which is the city's historic center. Don't miss the magnificent 16th-century Mexico City Metropolitan Cathedral, one of the largest churches in the Americas.
From the cathedral walk one km down Avenida 5 de Mayo to the spectacular Palacio de Bellas Artes opera house, built in Art Nouveau and Art Deco styles. Time your visit right and you may catch a traditional dance performance by the Ballet Folklórico de Mexico. For dinner, sample the octopus at La Opera, a restaurant on Avenida 5 de Mayo that still has its original 19th-century decor. Take a cab or the metro back to the hotel and finish the evening in our Epicentro Gin & Tonic Mixology Bar.
Amalia Hernandez Ballet
The Amalia Hernández ballet company has been showcasing the wide variety of Mexican folk dancing since 1959, and is enormously popular all around the world. You cannot miss their must-see show, running on Wednesdays and Sundays.
150 km from Mexico City, the city of Cholula is home to the church of the Virgin of the Eternal Redemption. It affords spectacular views as it stands on top of the largest pyramid in the world. After the Conquest, the Spanish built churches such as this one over all the ancient sites. You can explore the temple's catacombs and see the surviving ancient murals.
Host to two football World Cups, numerous performance artists and comfortably holding up to 105,000 people, the Aztec Stadium is an architectural marvel.
Dominating Mexico City's main square, the Cathedral of Mexico is an impressive sight. The oldest cathedral in the Americas that incorporates stones from nearby Aztec buildings. This majestic building has a Baroque style façade and 64 Neoclassical towers, holding 18 bells.